20th January 2009: With the inauguration of Barack Obama today as the 44th president of the United States of America, a new era begins in world politics.
It is an era of hope and of a dream that has come true. We can only hope that this hope and dream will be kept alive.
I’d like to hope that President Obama will not tolerate human rights abuse not only in the US and throughout the world. After all he is the president of the country that prides itself in being the vigilant watchdog of the world.
I’d like to hope that President Obama will not tolerate injustices, unjust global financial and political polices, conflicts, and wars that force people to emigrate, leaving behind their sweet homes.
I’d also like to hope that President Obama will not tolerate policies that deny shelter to people fleeing for their lives, the policies that force people to be illegal immigrants hence exposed to bloodsucking exploitation by unscrupulous criminal gangs and employers.
Finally, I’d like to hope that like President Obama, all world leaders will not tolerate any of the above policies causing immense suffering to people in all parts of the world.
By Stephen Ogongo